Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard “probably” has all the attributes to be a top manager, according to Shay Given, but will need to be fully backed by the Rangers board after reports he was set to take the reins at Ibrox.
According to ESPN, Gerrard has been offered a four-year deal to replace Graeme Murty and Given thinks it will be difficult for him to try to stop Celtic winning an eighth consecutive Scottish title.
Given started his career at Celtic and knows how big a thing the Hoops going for ten in a row and questions if Gerrard will be given the funds needed to strengthen the Ibrox squad.
“Will Gerrard get the money to challenge Celtic? They are going for 10 in a row, that’s a big thing for Celtic,” Given said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“To try and stop that in your first job…he has got the attributes to probably be a top manager one day but he needs the backing from the board.”
Gerrard is currently Under-18 manager at Liverpool after hanging his boots up after a short stint in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy.
The 37-year-old is, according to ESPN, bringing former Scotland international Gary McAllister to Ibrox with him as assistant manager with an announced expected early next week.
Football insider verdict:
This is something that any manager linked with the job needs to ask – will the board give the funds needed to closethe gap on Celtic. If they won’t it is going to take something incredibly special to win the title any time soon. If the manager is going to get the backing then it is easy to see just why it is an exciting prospect for any boss to take the reins at Ibrox. After bring his Liverpool side up to take on the Gers’ Under-20s earlier this season then returning for last month’s Old Firm clash with Celtic, Gerrard could be back again as early as Monday.